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Overview

More is known today about "how to train" than ever before. Many old methods and once-accepted training practices are disappearing in favor of better, more effective procedures and strategies.

The information and technology explosion has resulted in a rapid change of pace and an "age of specialization." Employee turnover is at all-time highs, and skilled workers are harder and harder to find. To stay competitive, productive and profitable, the successful organization must recognize the need for ongoing, results-driven training programs.

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Have you noticed? The best trainers make thorough preparation, exciting presentation, and complete follow-up seem effortless. Whether you're a training specialist, human resources professional, or a manager who trains, you can too — all it takes are practical skills and up-to-date strategies.

You could try to wade through reams of information, research and publications, "boiling it down" to meet your particular needs; or you could attend this outstanding, one-day seminar and learn pertinent, down-to-earth pointers that you can use immediately.

In this seminar, we'll cover:
  • Training on a budget: Cutting-edge, cost-conscious training plans to save you money without sacrificing quality.
  • How to make them want to learn! Discover 6 ways to motivate the adult learner.
  • 11 musts for instructional presentations in an easy checklist you’ll use again and again.
  • Keep participants on the edge of their seats with 12 ways to build audience rapport and participation.
  • New employee orientation — how to make it work forever.
  • Debriefing — use this effective method to get better feedback from trainees and accurately measure training effectiveness.
  • Professional tips for visual aids: 12 ways to add visual pizzazz and punch to your training programs.

Agenda

Pinpoint Your Training Needs

  • Learn how to simplify and clarify your goals — and discover exactly what you need to accomplish to meet them.
  • How to spot training needs early — before deficiencies reach crisis level.
  • Innovative ways to use feedback to spot problems and needs requiring training solutions.
  • How to sell your training ideas and create proposals that win the support of management and employees.
  • Use questionnaires and surveys to pinpoint training needs, including examples and techniques.
  • Learn about alternatives you can tap into when formal training isn’t possible.

Understand the Adult Learning Process

  • The most common barriers to learning and how to avoid them.
  • Discover the 10 characteristics of adult learners, and use the information to produce on-the-mark training for employees.
  • 20 guidelines you can use now to give better instructional presentations to adults.
  • Learn the 13 needs of adult learners, and tailor your training for maximum effectiveness.
  • Six ways to motivate people and make them want to learn — even resistors and know-it-alls.

Plan and Develop Super-Powerful Programs

  • Use a simple, easy-to-use form to design your presentation — you’ll save hours.
  • Tips for setting objectives: why you must have specific objectives before you can begin planning.
  • Consultants and independent trainers: find out if they can save you time or money.
  • A guide to resources and research: find out where to look for the background information you need.
    • The creative program: learn six ways you can develop a training program that will leave no one bored.
    • How to produce a tight, productive outline to guide you every step of the way.
    • Learn surprising ways you can involve your coworkers in the planning process to increase enthusiasm and support.
    • 15 training formats you can use, including advantages to each format and easy-to-understand example sand techniques.
    • How to pace the program: know when to speed up and when to slow down.
  • Five areas you should cover early in the day, and five areas to cover as the day progresses.

Produce Innovative Materials and Presentations

  • 12 expert tips for designing visual aids to put punch in your program.
  • Learn indispensable user tips for flip charts, overhead projectors, films, video, slides and more.
  • How to develop better materials and course books to reinforce learning long after the training program ends.
  • The optimum physical environment: find out how noise, space, temperature, lighting and other “comfort factors” affect your presentation.
  • Use diagrams for eight room arrangements — you’ll learn the best setup for the smallest to largest group.
  • Guidelines to help you develop a professional presentation style that will increase your confidence and effectiveness.
  • Four ways you should use humor — and three ways you should not.
  • Find out when to use question-and-answer sessions, with dynamic tips to help you field questions like a pro.
  • Three ways to personalize the training material and increase participation and involvement.
  • Prepared training materials: when you should take advantage of them and when you should avoid them.
  • 11 musts for instructional presentations: use a helpful checklist to be sure you haven’t overlooked anything.

Encourage Maximum Learning and Participation

  • 12 ways to maintain audience rapport and encourage better participation from everyone.
  • How to identify and deal with learning resistance.
  • Dozens of ideas to incorporate interactive training methods, including role playing, case studies, games and panel discussions.
  • Increase retention and memory. Learn six ways trainers can determine if new material has been understood.
  • Discover nine ways to help participants relate material to their own personal experiences.
  • Six expert tips for using group participation and discussion effectively, without losing control.
  • How to develop team spirit and camaraderie among participants to heighten their learning experience.

Master One-on-One Training

  • The new employee: smart strategies to make training and orientation as quick and easy as possible.
  • Discover clever ways to increase your effectiveness in day-to-day training situations — giving instructions, guiding employees and more.
  • How to utilize your subordinates and other employees for in-house training.
  • Eight tips for one-on-one instruction that guarantee a productive experience for the trainer and trainee.

Evaluate Training Effectiveness

  • Solid pointers for effective follow-up: seven ways to clarify training success.
  • Five specific methods to gather information for training evaluation.
  • Was your training effective? Learn step-by-step methods for measuring the results.
  • Debriefing — what it is, why you should do it and a nine-step plan to show you how.
  • The dollars-and-cents of training: learn how to demonstrate training profitability and win the support of even the most disbelieving managers.
  • How to increase involvement in training programs throughout your organization, from top to bottom.
  • Training on a budget: learn cost-effective ideas for quality training.

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